Xorta Vrasta (Boiled Greens with Lemon & Olive Oil)

June 4, 2014 · 5 comments

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As a kid, I was pretty picky. But, I wasn’t the kind of picky most kids are. It was never difficult to get me to eat vegetables. I would eat Greek-style okra, peas, and green beans by the bowlful—often even cold, straight out of the fridge, for a snack. And xorta would be eaten like we were approaching a crop shortage. But beans, seafood, or Chinese food? Nuh uh. No way.

Xorta (pronouced horr-tah) are just greens. They can be any sort of greens you want, really, but dandelion greens or vlita (amaranth) were the most common for us growing up. All you do is boil them until they are tender, drain them, and toss them with olive oil and lemon. We Greeks are simple – lemons and olive oil in savory foods, honey and nuts in sweet foods. :)

Full discloser: Zachary, my garbage disposal, is not a fan of these. This is not surprising because outside of mashed potatoes (WEIRDO), soft leafy greens are the only things he doesn’t really like. He will eat raw spinach or whatever but as soon as it’s sauteed or boiled it becomes untouchable. I would weep at our lack of shared love of leafy greens, but he is otherwise a great eater who does share other loves with me, like listening to REM and Le Tigre in the car.

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Kate June 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I’ve never heard of Xorta and I love leafy greens. (A love also not shared by my son – raw or cooked)

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

We do a version of this in our family, but I like your version better. It is amazing how such a simple treatment is so tasty.

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How to Philosophize with Cake June 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Oooh that sounds yummy! Love the fresh flavors in here, I’ll have to try this sometime this summer. :)

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Joanne June 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

I’m going to have to ask the.boy if he ever had this growing up. I’ve tried dandelion greens and they are way too bitter for me, but I’d love to try amaranth or chicory!

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teawithhazel June 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

i adore greek horta salad..it’s really hard to replicate in australia though..must be the greek sunshine..

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